As the snows thawed during January, so too did road.cc readers’ hankerings for summer, according to the results of the poll we ran throughout the month. Instead, safer roads for cyclists was top of your New Year’s wish list, with 38% - nearly two in five – of you saying that was what you wanted during 2010.
Approaching the middle of the month, flurries of snow were accompanied by a flurry of votes for better weather, which at one point briefly pushed safer roads into second place, but by the month’s end, votes for summer lagged behind at 32% of the total.
As thoughts of the summer receded, so too did ones of the Tour de France, with only 16% saying what you most wanted was the dream double – for many British cycling fans, anyway - of Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France and Mark Cavendish the green points jersey in July’s race.
That option finished just ahead of the fourth choice, which was to buy that Ti/steel/carbon/custom bike that you’ve always wanted, which got 14% of the vote.
That could mean one of three things – the recession is lasting longer than the government is telling us, you’re already happy with the wheels you’ve got, or you’re keeping your cards close to your chest and are being ultra-cautious lest the other half somehow discovers what’s top of your shopping list. Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us!
Getting on for 500 of you voted in that poll, and we look forward to your vote on our next one, which is already up on the site and asks what, if anything, irritates you most about your fellow cyclists.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.